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11/23/2009

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Marsha Levick, Co-Founder of the Juvenile Law Center, to Receive Prestigious Andrew Hamilton Award from the Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Associaton at Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception, Dec. 2

PHILADELPHIA – The Public Interest Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association will award its prestigious Andrew Hamilton Award to Marsha Levick, the co-founder of the Juvenile Law Center, the oldest public interest law firm for children in the United States, at its Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

The Andrew Hamilton Award honors an exceptional legal services advocate or public defender associated with an organization with a purpose of serving persons who cannot afford to pay for legal representation. Levick co-founded the Juvenile Law Center (JLC) in 1975 and currently serves as its Deputy Director and Chief Counsel. She has litigated cases concerning children's rights in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems and authored several scholarly articles on children's rights issues.

"Ms. Levick exemplifies what it means to serve on behalf of the less fortunate," the chair of the Public Interest Section, Angus Love, said. "She has been an advocate for over 30 years to our most vulnerable population – children – and deserves our gratitude and recognition."

Levick also serves on the boards of the National Juvenile Defender Center, Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the advisory board of Rutgers-Camden Law School's Juvenile Justice Clinic. She received the 2006 Temple Law School Women's Law Caucus annual Professional Achievement Award, the 2008 Pennsylvania Child Advocate of the Year Award, the 2009 Pennsylvania Prison Society Award for Meritorious Service and was one of six winners of the 2009 Foundation for the Improvement of Justice Awards. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at both the University of Pennsylvania and Temple Law Schools.

The Annual Meeting and Reception begins at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market Street. Tickets are $40.00 for public interest and government attorneys and $55.00 for both Public Interest Section and non-section members. Price includes drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Click here to purchase tickets.

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